Summer of '42 [Original Cast Recording]

Summer of '42 [Original Cast Recording]

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by Rachel York
     
 
This cast recording, dating from five years after the show's one-month off-Broadway run, is about a match for the David Kirshenbaum score and the Hunter Foster book, all based on the Herman Raucher novel and screenplay. Kirshenbaum's music is close to Stephen Sondheim at various points, but that isn't a

Overview

This cast recording, dating from five years after the show's one-month off-Broadway run, is about a match for the David Kirshenbaum score and the Hunter Foster book, all based on the Herman Raucher novel and screenplay. Kirshenbaum's music is close to Stephen Sondheim at various points, but that isn't a bad place to be -- there might not be a "big" tune here, but the score is reasonably inventive (though it may place a little too much emphasis on the comedic side of the testosterone-driven antics of the hero and his two friends), and the book has its clever moments. The cast members throw everything they've got into the material at hand, and the recording may actually be slightly superior to the score in that regard. Listening to this account, it's difficult to fathom why the production only ran for four weeks at the outset of the 21st century -- and easy to see why it has, despite that uncertain start, found a life in student and regional productions around the country. Rachel York and Ryan Driscoll are superb in the two leads, and their performances are worth the price of this set by themselves. As with other Jay releases, the annotation is thorough and the whole release handsomely produced.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/23/2007
Label:
Jay Records
UPC:
0605288139628
catalogNumber:
1396
Rank:
138486

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Act 1. Prelude
  2. Act 1. The Summer You'll Always Remember
  3. Act 1. The Terrible Trio
  4. Act 1. Here And Now
  5. Act 1. Will That Ever Happen to Me?
  6. Act 1. Winchell Report # 1
  7. Act 1. You're Gonna Miss Me
  8. Act 1. Little Did I Dream
  9. Act 1. Mr. Sanders # 1
  10. Act 1. The Walk
  11. Act 1. Dorothy's House
  12. Act 1. Like They Used To
  13. Act 1. I Think I Like Her
  14. Act 1. The Heat / Winchell Report # 2 / Here And Now (Reprise)
  15. Act 1. Before The Movies
  16. Act 1. The Movies
  17. Act 1. After The Movies
  18. Act 1. Winchell Report # 3
  19. Act 1. Benjie And Gloria
  20. Act 1. The Boxes
  21. Act 1. Man Around The House
  22. Act 1. Someone To Dance With Me

Disc 2

  1. Act 2. Entr'acte
  2. Act 2. Unfinished Business
  3. Act 2. Make You Mine
  4. Act 2. Mr. Sanders # 2 / Here And Now (Reprise)
  5. Act 2. The Drugstore
  6. Act 2. The Jitterbug
  7. Act 2. The Marshmallow Roast
  8. Act 2. The Campfire
  9. Act 2. Hermie And Dorothy
  10. Act 2. Promise Of The Morning
  11. Act 2. Oh Gee, I Love My G.I. / Winchell Report # 4
  12. Act 2. Oscy And Hermie
  13. Act 2. Dorothy's House
  14. Act 2. The Dance
  15. Act 2. Finale
  16. Act 2. Bows
  17. Act 2. Exit Music
  18. Our Story So Far, song
  19. Losing Track Of Time, song

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rachel York   Primary Artist,Vocals
John Dipinto   Keyboards
Bill Buell   Vocals
Christine MacDonnell   Woodwind
Mary Ann McSweeney   Bass
Joe Gallagher   Vocals
Danielle Ferland   Vocals
Peter Prosser   Cello
Summer of '42 Cast Ensemble   Choir, Chorus
Brett Tabisel   Vocals
Celia Keenan-Bolger   Vocals
Ryan Driscoll   Vocals
John DiPinto   Keyboards
Joe Mowatt   Percussion
Adam Sousa   Vocals
Megan Valerie Walker   Vocals
Ayal Miodovnik   Vocals
John DiPinto   Keyboards
Lynne Shankel   Conductor,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Troy Halderson   Engineer
David Kirshenbaum   Composer,Lyricist,Liner Notes
John Yap   Producer,Executive Producer
Hunter Foster   Liner Notes,Book
Philip Adelman   Representation
Gabriel Barre   Director,Liner Notes
Gail Eve Malatesta   Production Stage Manager
Jay Hilton   Sound Effects
John A. Yap   Producer,Executive Producer
Herman Raucher   Contributor,Screenplay
Jack O'Brien   Assistant Management
David Kirshenbau   Lyricist
Lynne Shankel   Music Direction
James Morgan   Liner Notes,Cover Design,Logo Design
Christopher Robinson   Electrician

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Summer of '42 [Original Cast Recording] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an absolutely beautiful show. It perfectly captures the mood of WWII America through the eyes of a 15-year-old boy who befriends a 25-year-old war bride while her husband is overseas. Ryan Driscoll as Hermie and Rachel York as Dorothy are charming together. We really feel their hopes and fears, joys and sorrows. Solo highlights are Driscoll’s “Will That Ever Happen to Me?” and York’s “Promise of the Morning,” “Our Story So Far,” and “Losing Track of Time.” Touching duets include “Little Did I Dream,” “Like They Used To,” and “Someone to Dance with Me.” A trio of young girls sing several swing interludes in the style of the Andrews Sisters, and Hermie’s friends Oscy and Benjie join him for some fun testosterone driven numbers that add comic relief. The entire cast is very talented, but Rachel York is, as always, a standout. Her voice is equally beautiful when soaring powerfully or gently cradling more pensive lyrics. This musicalized version of the classic film is sentimental without being cloying. You will be moved to both laughter and tears. Your heart will break, but it will also be healed. What a treat to have this cast album include the entire show – book and score. It’s well worth every penny.